Samsung has now released a new series of M.2 SSD products under the 960 Evo and Pro groups. These new SSD products are promising to deliver more than 2GB/s of bandwidth.
- MZ-V6P512 (PRO 512 GB)
- MZ-V6P1T0 (PRO 1024 GB)
- MZ-V6P2T0 (PRO 2048 GB)
- MZ-V6E250 (EVO 256 GB)
- MZ-V6E500 (EVO 512 GB)
- MZ-V6E1T0 (EVO 1024GB)
The highest capacity 2048MB is enough space to hold WIndows and numerous games. Even more interesting is that some recent motherboards have a pair of M.2 slots.
These new SSD products are made with Samsung’s 48-layer V-NAND which affords high capacity and high bandwidth. The 960 PRO series achieve up to 3500 MB/s read and 2100 MB/s write speeds.
- Polaris Controller
- TRIM support
- S.M.A.R.T. support
- 1.5 million hours MTBF
- AES 256 security
Samsung gives 5 years or 400/800/1200 TB written. This is dramatically more than the typical gamer will ever use. All SSD products now use wear leveling to extend their service life. Even with game updates galore, the Samsung 960 should last 20 years or more.
The 960 Pro supports AES 256. IEEE 1667 security is expected with a firmware update. Bitlocker is preferred for Windows users.
Both the 960 PRO and 960 EVO use the Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) Gen.3 x4 lane interface and are compliant with NVMe specifications to realize effective use of the high-speed PCIe bus and optimize both hardware and software configurations to take advantage of the NVMe SSD technology.
The SSDs feature Samsung Dynamic Thermal Guard technology to manage performance during extreme workloads.
A few reports of the Samsung 960 running warm give reason to recommend more fans in machines.Ideally front and rear are the best choices. MSI has come up with a heat spreader for their upcoming motherboards.